Camille Saint-Saëns “The Swan” for Cello & Piano

I remember a video of Mstislav Rostropovich teaching “The Swan,” and I was very inspired by it, how to make every detail of the music describe the motions of a swan — not a duck, not a goose, but a swan, paddling then gliding, yet graceful, seamless. That’s one reason I had a poster of Rostropovich on my wall as a kid: through his music, I heard and saw his stories.

Recorded at Blue Rock Artist Studio, Wimberley, Texas, by Rodanti Films, Andy Murphy, audio.

From the Bion Tsang — The Blue Rock Sessions, available on CD/DVD Thanksgiving 2016

Bion Tsang, cello; Cecilia Lo-Chien Kao, piano.